Rustic banana, blueberry and coconut cake

Being under the weather, my 11yr old son stayed home from school for a couple days.

Brenda Janschek - Rustic Cake Feature

He was feeling much better by the second day, courtesy of a pretty tough immune system and also a great example of allowing a fever to do its work. But while he was lounging about like a Roman Emperor and no doubt figuring out how he could possibly eek out another day at home, he noticed some squishy bananas and released his inner chef. Pretty soon he was asking for help to create a recipe incorporating the bananas.

So together we sat down and penned a recipe guided by him. We don’t always see eye to eye with recipes – he’s a bit more exploratory and likes to play with combinations, whereas I play it a bit on the safe side.

Brenda Janschek - Banana Blueberry Coconut Cake

We had fun creating the recipe, though, then hung out together in the spring sun in the backyard afterwards (still in our PJ’s) enjoying the fruits of our labour.

Brenda Janschek - Banana Blueberry Coconut Cake

The raspberry sauce he had his heart set on making to pour over the cake didn’t quite work, but it didn’t stop him from enjoying his creation.

Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be sourced from my one-stop-favourite, organic wholefoods online store, The Wholefood Collective. They go to great lengths to ensure everything they source is amazing quality, they stock all my favorite products and I don’t even have to leave the house! Oh and the cherry on the cake is they donate profits to improve food security for vulnerable Aussies.

Here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:

Wholemeal spelt flour
White spelt flour
Baking powder
Bicarbonate of soda
Desiccated coconut
Rapadura sugar



  • 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 cup white spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup rapadura sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 large mashed bananas
  • 125 grams melted butter
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons natural yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius
  • Grease a cake tin and line with baking paper
  • *Blueberries don’t get added until the end
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Beat all the wet ingredients together
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined then add the blueberries and gently stir through
  • Pour into cake tin and pop in the oven for 4o-5o mins or until skewer does out clean
  • Leave to cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto cake rack
  • Mash bananas in mixing bowl 5 sec/speed 6
  • Add softened butter (not melted) and sugar and beat 20sec/speed 4
  • Add eggs and yoghurt and mix 10sec/speed 4
  • Add remaining ingredients and combine 20sec/speed 4
  • Pour batter into a bowl and gently fold in blueberries
  • Pour into cake tin and bake 40-50 minutes
  • Pour into cake tin and pop in the oven for 4o-5o mins or until skewer does out clean
  • Leave to cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto cake rack
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